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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottish Gary View Post
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    great memories headworx, Not sure who the bloke in the middle is ( Nobby? ) The bloke on the rights my old canadian mate roy. Funny fucker to get on the piss with, Roy still lives there but tony moved back to australia years ago, Bumped into roy in bangkok in december when i was stuck there with the detached retina thing going on, so couldnt get on the piss , that beards twice as long now
    There was an old English guy called Nobby drinking in Harleys every night I was there. That looks like him.
    nah nobbys an Aussie, hope you had a good time in Barretto Gary, I really like the place used to be a lot of characters living there, Harley's bar was full of em, did you bump into Steve the Chelsea headhunter soccer hooligan ? Or crilly the Swedish Pom?. Anyway,like Katie said we want pictures. Bring it on

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post
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    great memories headworx, Not sure who the bloke in the middle is ( Nobby? ) The bloke on the rights my old canadian mate roy. Funny fucker to get on the piss with, Roy still lives there but tony moved back to australia years ago, Bumped into roy in bangkok in december when i was stuck there with the detached retina thing going on, so couldnt get on the piss , that beards twice as long now
    There was an old English guy called Nobby drinking in Harleys every night I was there. That looks like him.
    nah nobbys an Aussie, hope you had a good time in Barretto Gary, I really like the place used to be a lot of characters living there, Harley's bar was full of em, did you bump into Steve the Chelsea headhunter soccer hooligan ? Or crilly the Swedish Pom?. Anyway,like Katie said we want pictures. Bring it on
    Im computer illiterate. When it comes to posting pictures I wouldn't know where to start.

    I never met the Swede but I've known Steve or Hickey for years. Ever since he had the Dogs Bollocks bar in Pattaya He was another who was in Harleys every night usually shouting at the telly

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    @Scottish Gary

    Are there still rooms for rent at the Rambler?. Any good?.

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    Don't know how long since you were there mikem but the current rambler is on the beach side of the highway, ( exactly opposite)the old rambler had a variety of rooms from basic to small cabins out the back, new rambler gained a beach out the back of the bar but lost a bit of character by moving location in my opinion

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    Guess I've been gone too long. Didn't know it had moved. The old Rambler was an unique place. I don't usually go to bars but Tony and the others made it great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerlaodrinker View Post
    Don't know how long since you were there mikem but the current rambler is on the beach side of the highway, ( exactly opposite)the old rambler had a variety of rooms from basic to small cabins out the back, new rambler gained a beach out the back of the bar but lost a bit of character by moving location in my opinion
    I didn't realise that the current Rambler is not the original one.
    It was very quiet each night I was in. Most of the time there was only about 4 or 5 customers. I was a little disappointed after reading about the place on line.
    I went because the music was good and you weren't hassled but I thought Harleys was much better. It was full of the characters I originally thought would have been in the Rambler

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    I'm in Subic now. I never bother with the foreigner bars here. Subic is a good place to take Manila yuppie girls for the weekend - especially a holiday weelend like this one. Forget the Subic scrubbers and their foreigner johns. They're both garbage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by callippo View Post
    I'm in Subic now. I never bother with the foreigner bars here. Subic is a good place to take Manila yuppie girls for the weekend - especially a holiday weelend like this one. Forget the Subic scrubbers and their foreigner johns. They're both garbage.
    Said like a true scrubber. I have no idea why a person with any dignity would take a lady from Manila to Subic to show her a good time. There are plenty of nice ladies in Subic without labeling them Scrubbers and the Foreign owned bars are by far the best... if that sort of thing is what you are going there for. if not, choose a destination with other adventures and nice beaches.

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    There isn't anywhere else within affordable range time-wise from Manila, mate even if Manila f office girls can blag a Friday or Monday off. Puerto Galera and Hundred Islands are too far. Boracay is possible, but too expensive with the flights. As it was she got the Friday off so we late-bussed it Thursday night from Pasay Victory Liner terminal to Olongapo. On Monday I just dropped her off on the motorbike at the bus station at 6am to enable her to be back at her Makati desk a few hours later.

    Only mongers associate Subic and Baretto with bars and bargirls. She didn't see one the whole time we were there. It was primarily a beach weekend break, and we were lucky - the weather was good. For entertainment in the evenings, we drove the 8km into Olongapo city where there is a range of options like live bands and plushier-type videoke bars. Only saddos go to those crappy Subic girl bars and I certainly would never bring a girl to one. They're terrible.

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    Only mongers associate Subic and Baretto with bars and bargirls. She didn't see one the whole time we were there. It was primarily a beach weekend break, and we were lucky - the weather was good. For entertainment in the evenings, we drove the 8km into Olongapo city where there is a range of options like live bands and plushier-type videoke bars. Only saddos go to those crappy Subic girl bars and I certainly would never bring a girl to one. They're terrible.[/quote]

    I think I already mentioned somewhere here it was only to jeepneys to Olongapo for restaurants and live music. as far as the Sados go, I would imagine it would get down to whether you know people around town or just sit on your own drinking and chatting ladies. If you have friends around any town you can enjoy life. By the way there is a reltively new disco in Olongapo called Nocturnal. You will find it on facebook if you ever use that.

    I will remember how sad I am when I am sitting in Arizona Resort enjoying the best food around by a Country mile while looking out across the water.

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    Barretto is a bit like Panagsama beach near Moalboal only not as good. Baloy beach is only average and crucially, the water is not that clean. While swimming is possible it is not all that pleasurable. That there is girl bars in town is irrelevant. I would never visit them even if I lived there and in fact they cast a bit of a pall over the whole plsce.

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    Quote Originally Posted by callippo
    Subic is a good place to take Manila yuppie girls for the weekend
    Subic is girlie bars, beach at sunset is nice but... You dont take yuppie girls to girlie bars area. There are much much nicer destinations in PH for that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exit Strategy View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by callippo
    Subic is a good place to take Manila yuppie girls for the weekend
    Subic is girlie bars, beach at sunset is nice but... You dont take yuppie girls to girlie bars area. There are much much nicer destinations in PH for that.
    There are not so many places within range of Manila without flying using public transport even though this particular yuppie weekend girl had four nights instead of the usual three. Baretto is the only beach place where she was able to get a bus on the Monday morning at 6am and still make it back to Makati in time. You can't say that about anywhere else.

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    ^Puerto Galera. 130 kilometers south of Manila. About 90 minutes from my house by car/ferry.

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    Davis, does this mean that you are offering your house as a stop-over point before going to Puerto Galera?

    Re: callippo and his choice to bring the lady to Subic, I think he considered the time factor. The lady had only 3 days (Nov. 1 weekend), and if she/they spent a lot of that just for travel time, then the time would be wasted on the bus.

    To go to Puerto Galera, you have to go to Batangas port. Then take the ferry from Batangas port to PG. I don't know if the ferry ride is 45 min or 1.5 h. Then I don't know until when the ferries transport people, and if they cross the sea during late afternoon/night or early morning. The lady needed to be at her work in Makati by Monday morn.

    I haven't been to PG but when I was researching for a trip to go there, I came across a blogger who recommended to do the ferry crossing during mornings, as the sea sometimes becomes rough during afternoons.

    There's also the weather to consider. Callippo didn't know if the weather would be good or bad, since November is still typhoon season. If there's a typhoon, sea crossings are prohibited by the coast guard. Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) happened in Nov 2013.

    To go to Batangas port by public transport, it could take 1.5 to 4 hours, depending on where you're from and the traffic conditions. It took around 2 hours for my group to reach Batangas port last Sept. Traffic was not too bad and we left around 4:30 pm from our Laguna meeting place. If one is coming from Manila by public transport, one would have to take the bus from bus stations in LRT Buendia (along Taft Avenue). To reach Batangas port from Buendia would ordinarily take ~2.5 hours; longer during rush hour. During holiday weekends, traffic is terrible when going out of Metro Manila.

    So I think a Subic weekend holiday was ok for Callippo and his lady. It prolly wasn't the best beach, but it's good enough for a short holiday. If they both enjoyed the holiday, then good for them. I wish them both well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    ^Puerto Galera. 130 kilometers south of Manila. About 90 minutes from my house by car/ferry.
    The girl would not have been able to get to work in Makati on time leaving at 6am using public transport from Puerto Galera on Monday morning. Without a car there is really no other option, Although even from Subic, if it takes four hours, you are doing well.

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    ^True. I was just mentioning another spot fairly close to Manila.

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    Quote Originally Posted by callippo View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by callippo
    Subic is a good place to take Manila yuppie girls for the weekend
    Subic is girlie bars, beach at sunset is nice but... You dont take yuppie girls to girlie bars area. There are much much nicer destinations in PH for that.
    There are not so many places within range of Manila without flying using public transport even though this particular yuppie weekend girl had four nights instead of the usual three. Baretto is the only beach place where she was able to get a bus on the Monday morning at 6am and still make it back to Makati in time. You can't say that about anywhere else.
    In that case, probably best choice then. I was about to say why not take domestic flight somewhere but Manila traffic and airport sec... never mind

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    And like Katie said, if it was good for you both, it was good. Much of this is about attitude.

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    [quote=Exit Strategy;3136888][quote=callippo;3136608][quote=Exit Strategy;3136501][quote="callippo"]Sub

    In that case, probably best choice then. I was about to say why not take domestic flight somewhere but Manila traffic and airport sec... never mind[

    Actually access to to the airport from anywhere in metro Manila, apart from a few of the more outlying cities within it is not too bad, it is the prices of the flights that put me off that option, especially prices of Boracay flights. And then there is the timings of the flights. It is just logistically difficult when the Makati Yuppie Girl has only like 80 hours away from! Her desk to play with. They are not like bargirls who can be paid out of the bar.

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    ^From what I've heard lately (my colleagues went to the airport just last week & it wasn't rush hour), traffic to the airport is worse due to the construction of the MRT extension. Their usual travel time to the airport was doubled. I've also experienced traffic from the airport last May, and it was at 4am! I was surprised that there was traffic at that early time, and asked the taxi driver if it was usual. He said that traffic is really bad due to the construction. I don't know when the construction will be finished - hopefully before Pres. Noynoy ends his term next year.

    Traffic going out of Manila is terrible (3x) during holidays. I remember that my usual 2h journey from Manila to my province was doubled on a Dec. 24th. I endured that traffic just to be home for Christmas.

    Re: prices of flights - what callippo said is true. Prices of flights to Boracay can reach 5k pesos (or more), if not on promo. To get promo flights, you have to book early (3 months or more). My international flights/travels were booked during promotions - usually 5 or 6 months prior. That's why for the recent Boracay trip, which was planned just ~1 month before, my group decided to take the ship. It costed us ~2k pesos for a return trip.

    Re: beaches - if it's just a beach holiday that one is looking for, there are many beach resorts in Batangas - in Matabungkay and in Laiya, San Juan, Batangas, which is ~2 h away from Manila. My office had a beach summer outing at Kabayan Resort in Laiya. It's a big resort - with a pool, hotel and several cottages. We were just day trippers so our office hired the big hut. I think some colleagues said that Noli de Castro (a popular journalist and former politician) is part-owner of the place.

    for info: kabayanresort dot com dot ph

    There are many resorts near Kabayan that are prolly cheaper. They're just beside each other so if you're in the area, just look around.

    However, most of those beaches in Batangas are in sleepy towns, and not much nightlife/entertainment. No girly bars, restos with live bands, etc (or at least that I know of - it may have changed). So if it's beach with nightlife that you want, go to Subic. If you want just beach holiday for the weekend, near Manila and not picky, you can go to Batangas. Or Anawangin cove, for that matter.

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    My latest experience is few weeks old. And if you are going to Subic fly to Clark, take a bus to town and then bus to Subic. Saves you maybe 10 hours.

    Manila is not nice in traffic jam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Exit Strategy View Post
    Manila is not nice in traffic jam.
    I totally agree!

    If anyone is interested in Puerto Galera, the boat ride from Batangas Port takes 1.5h.

    More details here:
    How to Commute to White Beach in Puerto Galera | The Travel Archives

    Just to add to the blog post: aside from the bus station in Cubao, there are bus stations in LRT Buendia (along Taft Avenue) that leave for Batangas port. Journey takes 2-4 hours, depending on the time & traffic conditions. Don't leave Manila for the provinces during rush hour on a weekend holiday - traffic is horrible!

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    That's right Katie. Puerto Galera may have been out of range for us, but the coastline around Batangas wouldn't have been. Unfortunately I don't know that much about aound there, places to stay, etc.

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